Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO

Animal Welfare and Wildlife Damage Management Group

The goal of animal welfare research in this group is to develop management methods for the comfort and health of livestock, which has become a trend among farms worldwide. Our main research themes include "automatic mechanical brushing of calves to replace grooming of mothers" and "technology for predicting stress and disease in cattle by monitoring autonomic nervous system functions". In the area of wildlife damage prevention research, we are developing countermeasure technologies to protect crops from crows, ducks, sparrows, wild boars, deer, raccoons, and other animals. By confirming the ecology and behavior of wild animals, we provide labor-saving, and low-cost technologies.

(Left) Automatic mechanical brush for calves as an alternative for
maternal grooming
(Right) A raccoon dog on strawberry leaving near a field harvested